This month the Memoir Club presents award-winning author Rosie Scott in conversation with Beth Yahp about Rosie’s latest book: The Intervention: An Anthology, co-edited with Anita Heiss. The book is a compelling challenge to the 2007 NT Intervention by the Howard Government and its ongoing breach of human rights. In fiction, memoir, essays, poetry and communiqués, the dramatic story of the Intervention and the despair, anguish and anger of our First Nations peoples comes alive through the work of twenty of Australia’s finest
writers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders. Many of these stories are about how people’s lives are lived and their experiences determined by forces beyond their control, usually out of sight of mainstream Australia.
Randwick Literary Institute
60 Clovelly Road, Randwick 2031
Tuesday 25 August 2015, 6.00-9.00PM
$15/10 – RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie Scott, a writer, teacher, mentor and activist, has long experience in listening to and enabling the telling of such life stories, through her own writing and the anthologies she co-edited with Tom Keneally, AnotherCountry (2005) and A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers (2013).
‘The Intervention to us was like Australia declaring war on us and in the process
they demonised and dehumanized Aboriginal men women and children.’
Dr Rosie Scott has published six novels, short stories,
poems, essays, a play and three anthologies. Well known and
admired for her commitment to social justice, she was nominated
with Tom Keneally for the Human Rights Medal, and awarded the
2015 STARTTS Humanitarian Award for her work with refugees.
She was co-founder of Women for Wik in 2007.
‘My writing is fuelled by me as a totality, but also by my political feelings,’ Rosie writes. ‘I’m particularly interested in writing about the outsiders of society, people way outside my own experience.’ Join us for a discussion of Rosie Scott’s new anthology of moving, impassioned, spiritual, angry and authoritative documentation of a most controversial event, as well as the way her own‘totality’ and ‘political feelings’ have influenced the writing life and work of this committed and inspirational author.
Beth Yahp is an award winnning novelist who has also published nonfiction and lyrics for opera. She is a highlt regarded teacher of writing, currently teaching the writing program at Sydney University. Her memoir, Eat First, Talk Later, will be published by Random House in September.
For a delicious vegetarian supper ($15), please book by texting
Rosada at 0450 907 422 before Sunday 23 August.